As a Syrian artist, I always feel the need to give back to my country. Unfortunately, Syrian refugees are becoming associated with terrorism. I wanted to create a project that would clear the stereotypes that people have about Syrian refugees and spread awareness about the importance of educating children in refugee camps.


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“Once Upon a War” is the outcome of my life-altering encounter with Syrian refugee girls. Plastik Studios and I decided to throw a costume party in the camp. They got to dress up as their favourite Disney princesses and talk about their aspirations.

The girls really enjoyed the experience. To many of them, it was a first. For instance, Hiba was born in the camp. This is the only life she had ever known. She never got to experience a proper childhood and she was so happy to play pretend.

It’s important to know that due to war and displacement, the education of most refugee girls is disrupted. This often leads to sexual and gender-based violence, increased risks of exploitation, and early marriage/pregnancy. It’s highly important to educate and empower girls in refugee camps.

The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness and funds that will allow Malaak NGO to grant these girls a proper education.

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“Once Upon a War” is the outcome of my life-altering encounter with Syrian refugee girls

I was able to collaborate with a group of girls who are temporarily residing in a refugee camp in Akkar, Lebanon

We decided to throw a costume party in the camp. Girls got to dress up as their favourite Disney princesses and talk about their aspirations

Most of them never get the chance to play pretend because their reality is over dominating

With our project we wanted to clear the stereotypes that people have about Syrian refugees and spread awareness about the importance of educating children in refugee camps

These girls are real life heroines and I am honoured that I got the chance to dream with them